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Gertrude is the beloved wife and mother in the play Hamlet Many say that she is responsible for Hamlets agony in not being able to proceed with his revenge and Claudius hesitation to guard himself through the destruction of Hamlet She is the woman who was my virtue or my plague be it either which for both of her loves and is herself a very ordinary person Seemingly beautiful and warm-hearted she has no mind of her own and is vulnerable because she tends to be pulled by whatever force is the most powerfully aimed at her at any moment Because of her character and personality she turns to the sunny side of life and hates facing pain or any type of conflict Also the fact that Claudius carefully hid his crime of killing her husband from her shows her lack of criminal daring and his concern for her peace of mind When things worked out so that she was able to marry her lover however she was happy and only wanted all the difficulties of the past to be forgotten Hamlets refusal to forget the death of his father or to forgive her of incestuously remarrying Claudius are the only things that stop Gertrude from being perfectly happy they remind her of the continuing difficulties of the position she is in which because of her incredible naivet she had hoped would end by changing the ordinarily accepted form of marriage If she could only get Hamlet to accept her new husband as his new father she could completely put away the past and start thinking about the present comfortably She therefore begs him to remain at Elsinore so that this reconciliation can take place I pray thee stay with us Go not to Wittenberg Act 1 scene 2 line 123 But as she watches her wonderful son only become more and more mentally deranged as the months pass by and sees
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